John MacArthur Errors Exposed

By | September 24, 2015
John MacArthur Errors Exposed
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John MacArthur who is aptly described in the following description below from Wikipedia as:

John Fullerton MacArthur, Jr. (born June 19, 1939) is an American pastor and author known for his internationally syndicated radio program Grace to You. He has been the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California since February 9, 1969 and also currently is the president of The Master’s College in Newhall, California and The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, California.

However John MacArthur must be exposed for being in error, slander, and deception. One individual noted such in the book that John MacArthur wrote called “Strange Fire” that:

“MacArthur has placed himself in opposition to much of the Spirit’s work, thereby hindering the spread of the gospel more than helping it….maligning many of God’s choice servants and mocking those who worship the Lord in ways that are unfamiliar to him.”

The Bible warns about those who would as the Apostle Paul put it in (2 Peter 2: 1-2) as those who would cause the way of truth (the truth of the gospel) to be maligned or evil spoken of:

1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies. 2…because of them the way of the truth will be maligned (or evil spoken of).

Such is the case with John MacArthur because of the fact that he has provided a distraction mechanism by causing an internal fight within the Body of Christ that causes skeptics now who do not believe in God to now be more empowered and to now be more stiffened and hardened in their skepticism through this infighting that John MacArthur as created. The Bible clearly warns that such people would be as (1 Peter 2: 1) says:

1 bringing swift destruction upon themselves.

For (Hebrews 10: 29, 30) also says:

29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has…insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”

I did not write this but it is indeed God’s Word and God does indeed judge His people (and anyone who says opposite to this is a LIAR when the Bible clearly says otherwise) especially those who will cause the way of truth to be maligned or evil spoken of which in turn brings swift destruction upon themselves. These are they who create distract others (especially unbelievers) from the true gospel by creating controversy. However let us furthermore expose one of John MacArthur’s deceptions also as well.

The Woman Issue Deception: John MacArthur says this and I quote from his very own website where he says:

“In 1 Timothy 2, Paul addresses women in the Ephesian assembly who wanted to take over teaching roles. He wrote, “A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet” (1 Timothy 2:11–12). Paul here defines women as learners during the worship service. They are not to be teachers in that context, but neither are they to be shut out of the learning process….Paul…directly forbade women from taking the authoritative pastor-teacher roles in the church…Paul….forbids women from exercising any type of authority over men in the church, including teaching. These instructions to Timothy echo what Paul earlier commanded the Corinthians: “As in all the churches of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says . . . it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church” (1 Corinthians 14:33–35, NIV). Many claim Paul was addressing a cultural issue in Corinth—nothing that ought to concern our contemporary culture. But they fail to let the text speak for itself: “As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches” (vv. 33–34, NIV). That isn’t a cultural issue; it is God’s standard for all churches.”

Though it seems nicely worded by John MacArthur it is in fact very, very cleverly deceptive. This shall be pointed out in the following ways:

A. Who were the women Paul was addressing in (1 Timothy 2: 11-12)? Is it ALL women? Answer = No. Paul later on in (1 Timothy 2: 13-15) explains the women he is addressing by using the picture of Adam and Eve. Who were Adam and Eve? The answer is that they were the first couple or the first husband and wife in the Bible. So with that context in mind this scripture was not addressing the issue of ministry in a church but marriage and thus the women here he is speaking to are in fact married women.
The same is true for (1 Corinthians 14: 33-35) where in verse 35 Paul mentions the word husbands. Can a single woman have a husband? Of course not then Paul is not addressing single women but married women. So therefore the so-called “God’s standard” that John MacArthur deceptively says whereby ALL women are supposed to be silent is false and full or error because of the fact that this is NOT addressing ALL women but married women. Note above in the quote from John MacArthur how he conveniently quotes (1 Corinthians 14: 33-35) and leaves out the part about husbands. Deception at its highest level.

The Greek word for “teach” in (1 Timothy 2: 11-12) is the Greek word didasko which can mean to “teach” but the word didasko comes from the Greek word didache which can mean “instruction-the act or the matter” and can indeed deal with “doctrine.”

The Greek word now for “exercise authority over” is authentein or authenteo, and appears only here in the New Testament. It can mean to “to have authority over” or “dominate.”

The problem occurs when people like John MacArthur try to break apart these two words and explain them individually without putting the two meanings of these words together and put them in their proper context which as we have correctly stated deals with marriage NOT ministry. If we were to do this then we would come up with this meaning.

The woman or wife is not allowed to teach or give instruction to the man who is her husband even in doctrine for the purposes of dominating the man in her marriage with it. For example using doctrine to “beat up” the man or husband with it who may failing in a particular area of doctrine such as in the area of loving her as his wife as Christ loves the church. This explanation makes much more sense than what John MacArthur deceptively wishes to portray.

On the site Stand to Reason the author who deals with this very topic clearly speaks to the fact that the verses John MacArthur deals with do in fact deal with marriage (NOT MINISTRY) as proposed by John MacArthur when he says this and I quote:

“When I did my own word study on the words man and woman, I found out that the word man is aner and the word woman is gune. In the case of the word aner , which occurs something like 150 times in the New Testament, fully 40 times that it occurs, it is translated “husband.” In other words, “husband” is a legitimate translation of the word depending on the context. When you look at the context, virtually every single time that it wasn’t absolutely clear that the woman with the man in the context was his wife, it is almost always translated “husband” and “wife.” So this really is an unusual translation, given the pattern in the rest of the New Testament.

What happens if we translate it husband and wife? That strikes me as a legitimate translation. It seems that when you translate it husband and wife, everything falls into place. Let me read it in that way: “Let a wife quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness; but I don’t allow a wife to teach or usurp the authority of her husband, but to remain quiet.”

So here we clearly see John MacArthur is being very deceptive here.

B. Did the Apostle Paul want women to teach? The answer is YES. He proved this by wanting the older women to teach the younger women in (Titus 2: 3-5). Although this involves women teaching women it still reveals that women were capable of teaching and not supposed to be banned from teaching as some would see it even if that teaching involved women teaching other women.

3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

C. Can women teach men in the New Testament? YES. The Bible speaks of Apollos whom some believe like Martin Luther wrote the book of Hebrews. He went off course in his preaching and a husband and wife team known as Aquila and Priscilla (a woman) explained to him the way of God more accurately. Apollos was a man and if God did not want a woman named Priscilla to teach a man so as to correct a man in his preaching why did he not have the husband alone teach Apollos and help correct the preaching of Apollos? But God has BOTH a MAN and a WOMAN teach and correct the preaching of Apollos so that he could in fact be more accurate in his preaching (Acts 18: 24-26).

24 Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures. 25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John; 26 and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.

The word explained in the above verse is from the Greek word ektithemi which means “to declare, to expose or to expound” and it is used also in (Acts 11: 4 and Acts 28: 23). On the site thesaurus.com a synonym for the word explain from where we get the word explained from as seen in the above verse is the word TEACH. I will mention a few of these synonyms here including the word teach which is from the site thesaurus.com:

explain: clarify, describe, illustrate, interpret, expound, point out, spell out, render, teach, translate.

So here we clearly see that a woman who of course along with her husband did in fact teach a man and corrected him in his doctrinal preaching.

D. Can a woman be a leader over men? YES. We see that Deborah was a judge in Israel and was a leader over men especially a man named Barak (Judges 5: 1, 7). Now some will say that this is Old Testament. However, the New Testament tells us NOT to discount the Old Testament and to use it for the purpose of it being an example to us and that we might be instructed from the Old Testament and learn from it (1 Corinthians 10: 6, 11 and Romans 15: 4) because ALL scripture NOT just the New Testament is given by the inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3: 16). If it so happened in the Old Testament that a woman was a leader over men then cannot a woman be a leader over men in the New Testament. We do see women as leaders in the New Testament such as Phoebe for example. The site New Life says this about her in this way:

“Another female minister esteemed by Paul was Phoebe. In Romans 16:1-2 Paul described Phoebe as both a diakonos and a prostatis. Kevin Giles writes:
The meaning of the last term has been much debated. In either its masculine or feminine form it means literally ‘one who stands before.’ This meaning is never lost whether it be translated leader, president, protector or patron . . . Its verbal form is proistanai (1 Thess. 5:12; 1 Tim 5:17), a term used of male church leaders elsewhere in the New Testament.[11]
The term diakonos is always used by Paul to refer to a minister with a sacred commission…”

So in other words Phoebe was in fact a LEADER in the church.

So was Junia was a woman and called an apostle which means she was a LEADER. The site New Life again says this:

“Paul sends greetings….in Romans 16:7…Junia had suffered persecution…and at some point had been fellow prisoner with Paul. Paul also states…Junia were “outstanding among the apostles”. This is a wonderful commendation coming from someone who was himself an outstanding apostle.
Unfortunately, Junia’s impact as a precedent for female church leadership has been slight because many people have failed to realize that she was a woman….Junia’s name is feminine and several early church theologians, such as Chrysostom, Origen and Jerome, referred to her as being both female and an apostle.[6] Junia was one of the first female apostles…”

Here again we see deception linked to John MacArthur once more.

E. Can a woman speak in the church? YES. We see that women did prophesy in the early church such as Philip’s four daughters (Acts 21: 8-9). The word “prophesy” comes from the Greek word “propheteuo” which means to “speak under inspiration.” In other words these women did in fact SPEAK and in the church environment. Also as well Jesus the Lord of the Church who is higher than an apostle and who gave the gift of the apostle did not forbid Mary who saw him after the resurrection from speaking to Him the God-Man (John 20: 11-18) nor did he forbid her from speaking about Him after His resurrection. So what about the scripture that John MacArthur uses in (1 Corinthians 14: 33-35) as the so-called standard for the silencing of ALL women in the church when it has been previously explained that Paul did not deal with ALL women in the church because the verse applies to married women NOT single women at all. What then is this silence of women who are in fact married women about in (1 Corinthians 14: 33-35). The site known as New Life gives this explanation:

“Silence is called for three times in 1 Corinthians 14: in verses 28, 30 and 34.[5] In 1 Corinthians 14:28 and 30, silence is called for in specific situations to regulate congregational contributions to the meetings. (The “silence” in verses 28 and 30 is not gender specific.) It is very likely that the silence called for in verse 34 is also addressing a specific situation and is not meant to be a blanket statement to silence all women for all time in church meetings.
In fact, Paul’s intention could not have been to silence women at all the times during church meetings. In 1 Corinthians 11:5 Paul acknowledges, without disapproval, that women prophesied and prayed aloud in church.
Paul not only approved of praying and prophesying by women in the assembly but he encouraged it! Reading 1 Corinthians 11:10 with the literal, active voice (“has authority”) instead of the presumed, passive voice (“sign of authority”), Paul states that a woman has authority[6] (has the right!) to pray and prophesy . . . (Hicks 1990)
If Paul condones verbal ministry from women in chapter 11 it is very unlikely that he censures it in chapter 14. Paul was probably prohibiting a certain form of speech from the women in 14:34-35. Several theologians have tried to identify the type of speech that Paul appears to be disallowing.
Women must not Engage in Idle Chatter in Church Meetings
In his Homily 9 on First Timothy, Early Church Father John Chrysostom refers to 1 Corinthians 14:34-35. Here he wrote that the Corinthian women regarded congregational meetings as an opportunity for socializing and recreation; and that they chatted more during church gatherings then they did in the marketplace or the public bath. Chrysostom wrote that this idle conversation brought confusion into church meetings.
Chrysostom and many others believe that the instructions in verses 34-35 were designed to prohibit nuisance chatter from the women. To support this understanding, some people have interpreted the Greek word laleō, used in both verse 34 and 35, to mean “chatter” or “babbling”. Laleō, however, is a very common word in the New Testament which simply means “speak”. Moreover, in the immediate context of verses 34-35, Paul used the word laleō three times (in 1 Corinthians 14:27-29) to refer to the speaking ministries of tongues and prophecy, and not to chatter.
If the intent of verses 34-35 was merely to silence women who were disrupting congregational meetings with inconsiderate chatter, then these verses cannot be used to silence women who have a valid speaking ministry.
Women must not Disrupt Church Meetings with Rudimentary Questions
1 Corinthians 14:35 begins with, “But if they [the women] wish to learn (Greek-mathein) . . .” Craig S. Keener, who takes into consideration the culture of learning in the first-century, believes that the problem being addressed in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 was that women were interrupting the flow of congregational meetings by asking too many rudimentary questions. He writes, “Throughout the first-century Mediterranean world, novices were expected to learn quietly, but more advanced students were expected to interrupt all kinds of public lectures with questions.” (Keener 2001:50) Keener believes that the Corinthian women may not have realized that interrupting the meetings with their very basic questions was culturally inappropriate, even shameful. According to Keener’s explanation, 14:34-35 was not aimed at silencing women with valid speaking ministries, but was intended to silence inappropriate, ignorant questions posed by uneducated women.
Today, in most churches in the western world, spontaneous questions from the congregation are dissuaded, and women are mostly well-educated, so if Keener’s explanation is correct, 14:34-35 has little application in contemporary church life.
It is difficult to see how verses 36-37 fits and follows on from the idea of ignorant, nuisance questions from women, unless the women were monopolizing the meetings with their questions and were behaving arrogantly. Verse 38, on the other hand, seems to fit very well with the idea of ignorant people with ignorant questions.
But if anyone ignores this [or is ignorant][9], they themselves will be ignored. 1 Corinthians 14:38 (NIV 2011)
Keener’s interpretation is plausible, especially as the idea of ignorance is emphasized in verse 38.”

We learn several things from this quote and that is that whether or not it was nuisance chatter or ignorant nuisance questions from women at Corinth that needed to be silenced in (1 Corinthians 14: 34-35) the fact remains that the silence did not involve single women and also as well it did not refer to the silencing of women speaking publicly in ministry since women were prophesying in the early church which meant that they were publicly engaging in the ministry of prophesying in the local church by publicly speaking out what they were prophesying (1 Corinthians 11: 5). Those who were prophesying were in fact considered prophets (1 Corinthians 14: 29-32) in the New Testament church and prophets were leaders in the church (Ephesians 2: 20). Therefore, it stands to reason that women who did in fact prophesy could in fact be considered also significant leaders in the church as well.
Plus the Greek word for prophesy propheteuo comes from the Greek word prophetes where we get the word prophets from who were church leaders which again means that those who prophesied were in fact significant church leaders and if women in the New Testament church did this then they could in fact be classified as significant leaders also in the church as well contrary to the deceptive nonsense that John MacArthur would like ALL to believe which is that women cannot be significant leaders in the church such as pastor-teachers because they were told to be silent.

Could there have been women as pastors in the New Testament church?. The site New Life believes that the possibility most certainly could have existed:

“The “chosen lady”, whom John addresses in his second letter, was a woman functioning as a house-church leader and pastor. In the Greek of 2 John, it is clear that at times John is addressing a single person (the lady), and that at other times he is referring to plural persons (her followers or congregation). John refers to his followers, and hers, similarly, as “children” (2 John 1:1, 4, 13 cf 3 John 1:4). Furthermore, the word “lady” (kuria) used in 2 John 1 & 5, is the female equivalent of “lord” (kurios). This lady was a woman with an elevated social position. Numerous ancient papyrus letters show that kuria was a respectful way to address a woman.[20] The “chosen lady” was a person, a house-church leader and pastor, and not a church (i.e. congregation) as some have suggested.”

The Verdict:
1. If women can be an equal recipients of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ just like men then why cannot they be equal recipients of the ministry leadership gifts that men also operate in. One would know by now that the Holy Spirit is no discriminator (Galatians 3: 28).

28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

2. One should not fall prey to someone who is a blasphemer who attributes God and His precious work to the work of the enemy named satan (Jude 10):

10. But these people scoff (slander, speak evil or blaspheme) at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction.

Judgment will be their portion in the end and God will judge His people (Hebrews 10: 30).

3. Focus on the true gospel and forget about these deceivers and their gross deceptions-do not become distracted by them whom we do forgive but hold still personally accountable for their errors and ways. Make sure you know Jesus as your Lord and Personal Savior (Romans 10: 8-11).

8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”

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